Congratulations! At least you are consistent. For years you have been alternately roasting or ignoring the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now you have started in on the Los Angeles Angels (SI, Feb. 20). How about a break for the loyal West Coast fans who are glad to have so much exciting baseball to choose from?
Mrs. PATRICK A. LEJEUNE
South Pasadena, Calif.
How about it? Let's stop knocking the new Los Angeles Angels. The Angels, although not contenders this year, have some fine talent in Eddie Yost, Ken Aspromonte, Bob Cerv and, of course, big Ted Kluszewski. I wouldn't be surprised if some Angelenos discarded the colorless Dodgers and traveled to tiny Wrigley Field to watch the Angels and the American League.
Your pictures and captions of the baseball hopefuls trying out for the Angels were hilarious (Far-out Band of Angels, Feb. 27), but maybe not too far from the truth.
There is such a thing as common decency in the ethics of the average reporter assigned to do a story pertaining to a highly respected 72-year-old baseball celebrity. But it is sadly lacking in Gerald Holland's picture of Taylor Spink ("Taylor Spink Is First-class," Feb. 27).
The name of Taylor Spink will be known to baseball fame long after your writer and his story are forgotten.
New York City
The Sporting News has done more for baseball, for the fan and for the fine elements of the game than any other source. I don't care if you think Mr. Spink personally is an ogre, nor do I care if he really is, for the record of his paper speaks for itself. Your article on him is a blow to the integrity of your magazine.
Our relationship with J.G.T.S. here at Hillerich & Bradsby goes back a half century, and it has been a close and intimate one. That means, of course, we are one of those who can always be depended upon to slug it out when any of the dozen battle fronts he keeps going at all times becomes too quiet. And it means also delightful camaraderie between attacks, like the boy who kept knocking his head against the stone wall—it felt so good when he stopped.
As one who has known Taylor Spink for a third of a century both as a friend and an employee, I was happy to see your colorful article. It was a fine tribute to a man who, in my opinion, has no equal when it comes to original journalism.
IRVING I. POZNAN
Everyone who knows Dad enjoyed "Taylor Spink Is First-class" and that includes his "mild-mannered" son.
TRIED TO GET YOU ON PHONE THIS MORNING TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR NICE TRIBUTE AND WELL-EXECUTED PIECE OF JOURNALISM. SWELL STORY. GREATLY APPRECIATED.